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Review: Dividing Eden - Joelle Charbonneau

Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau
Series: Dividing Eden #1
My rating: {★★★☆☆}

YA Fantasy
Published June 6th 2017 by HarperTeen

Source: ARC received HarperCollins via NetGalley
Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.

But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.

As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.

With their country a…

Review: The Heart of the Fae - Emma Hamm

Heart of the Fae by Emma Hamm
Series: The Otherworld #1
My rating: {★★★★☆}

Adult Fantasy Fairy Tale Retelling
Published November 26th 2017

Source: ARC received from Author
Beauty and the Beast meets Irish Mythology in this sweeping retelling of the beloved fairytale....

Once upon a time…

A plague sweeps across the emerald hills of Uí Néill, leaving a young midwife’s father with months to live. To save her people, Sorcha makes a deal with a dangerous Fae. She must travel across the sea, through merrow and kelpie lands, to find a forgotten king on a crumbling throne.

Born king of the Seelie Fae, Eamonn fought battles unnumbered to uphold honor, duty, and freedom… until his twin brother sank a blade between his shoulders. Crystals grew from the wound, splitting open skin and bone. His people banished him to a cursed isle for his disfigurement, now king of criminals and fools.

With the help of brownies, pixies, and will-o’-the-wisps, Sorcha battles to break through his crystalline sh…

The Blog Squad: A Blogger Collaboration - Part XXIX

We are a group of three book bloggers situated on different continents but brought together by our love for books and a penchant for talking about them. We’ve joined our forces to create a collaborative series of posts about book blogging and we hope you’ll enjoy the discussions.
A MAGICAL WORLD OF WORDS - AmyNikita  BOOKS.BAGS.BURGERS - Uma K  BOOK REVIEWS BY DI - Di Hewlett



Would you read a book that has no/few reviews?
I’m pretty sure I’ve read many books that had few reviews of Goodreads and I think I’ve read books with no reviews on Goodreads at least 2 times. I think this was mostly when I first started my book blog. Even now, I’m definitely not against reading books with few reviews but now that I’m drowning in review copies and ARCs, I don’t have a choice but to prioritize the order in which I read books. But if i come across a book that has few reviews but a very intriguing premise, I would definitely pick it up!

Ummmm it depends. I take other factors into account, too (like …

Review: Moonbeam - Adrienne Woods

Moonbeam by Adrienne Woods
Series: Beam #1
My rating: {★★★☆☆}

YA Fantasy
Published November 8th 2016 by Fire Quill Publishing

Source: Purchased
Moonbeam takes place 10 years after last novel, Starlight.

What if your 'what if' becomes an option. Would you change the past? I read this book with the fantastic Darque Dreamer of Darque Dreamer Reads! Since we both loved the original Dragonian series we couldn't wait to dive into this book together and we've done our reviews in a bit of an interview style. You should check out her answers here

What did you think of the original Dragonian series overall?

I absolutely adored the original Dragonian series! It is actually one of my most favourite YA dragon fantasies ever! The downfall was editing for me and even that didn't completely detract from my reading experience, which is really saying something for me!

What are your thoughts on the plot and do you think it can be read as a standalone without having read the original s…

Weekly Round Up #49 : The One Where My House is Full

Please leave a link to your blog (if you have one) in your comment or make sure your Disqus profile has your address so that I can visit you back! 

I try to link all book covers to Goodreads or to my review (if there is one) which is in turn linked to Goodreads.


I'm here... But I'm not really here. This weekend I have my father in law, my sister-in-law and her husband and their three boys all staying with us... In our small house with two spare bedrooms... If you visit I will get back to you! But I'm not going to be getting much spare time over my weekend so I'm not linking up. Just posting an update so I know where I'm at.

Last week was a good one and I managed to finish a couple of books staying on top of my reading goals. I didn't really catch up on my blogging lag but I'm getting there slowly.

Gym was fantastic. I feel like after two months I'm finally finding my groove... Maybe... I hope so!
What I read: Moonbeam was a buddy read with Darque Dreamer …

The Blog Squad: A Blogger Collaboration - Part XXVIII

We are a group of three book bloggers situated on different continents but brought together by our love for books and a penchant for talking about them. We’ve joined our forces to create a collaborative series of posts about book blogging and we hope you’ll enjoy the discussions.
A MAGICAL WORLD OF WORDS - AmyNikita  BOOKS.BAGS.BURGERS - Uma K  BOOK REVIEWS BY DI - Di Hewlett



Does location matter when requesting a print review copy?
ABSOLUTELY! Let me explain this with an example I faced recently. I had requested for “Before She Ignites” from Harper Collins Children UK and a couple days later I got a mail from the publicist. The gist of the mail said - “We aren’t publishing ‘Before She Ignites’ here. I would suggest getting in touch with our US counterparts-. She was also the sweetest person and gave me the contact of the US publicist whom I ought to contact.

My conclusion from this is that sometimes some books aren’t published in a country. They’re published elsewhere and only di…

Review: A Gathering of Shadows - V.E. Schwab

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
Series: Shades of Magic #2
My rating: {★★★★☆}

Adult Fantasy
Published February 23rd 2016 by Titan Books

Source: Borrowed
Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games—an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries—a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

Bu…

Weekly Round Up #48 : The One Where I Had My First Solo Trip

Here's my weekly roundup. I'm linking to The Sunday Post hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and #IMWAYR hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date.

Please leave a link to your blog (if you have one) in your comment or make sure your Disqus profile has your address so that I can visit you back! 

I try to link all book covers to Goodreads or to my review (if there is one) which is in turn linked to Goodreads.


I really thought that I might have time for blogging last week - even though I was going on my very first solo trip away from my three year old for the first time ever! It was a combination of a work trip and a girl's trip and as it turned out I had ZERO time for ANYTHING. I barely had time to check my emails! Next time I'll know!

Books wise I FINALLY caught up to my (reduced) Goodreads goal and I'm on track to finish 80 books again this year. Somehow I managed to read a LOT of books (for me) in the past two weeks, thanks to Annette Marie's Steel and Stone s…